Religious orders are something that most Catholic homeschoolers know something about. In fact, many orders are seeing that a lot of their new vocations are coming out of the Catholic homeschooling movement and because of that, are trying to make themselves known to this particular Catholic community.
To that end, I would like to introduce you to some of the wonderful groups that we, in some way or another, have some knowledge of. Of course this is in no way an exhaustive list of all that is available, but it is a good place to start.
Getting involved with good, holy Brothers, Sisters, Priests and Nuns are a great way to add to your homeschooling experience, as well as to your faith and the faith of your family.
The groups listed below are loyal to the Holy Father and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Have fun checking them out. You never know which one might strike a cord with someone in YOUR family.
We cannot say enough about how much of a positive impact the priests and brothers of Miles Christi have had on our lives. My husband and I have both attended their yearly silent retreats where they preach the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and they have been life-changing. We attend their monthly Evening of Recollection and the kids have attended their summer camps. If you are looking for a great group of priests who fully embody Ignatian spirituality, then check them out!
If you have never been to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL, then I would definitely encourage you to take a trip down there. Entering their chapel literally takes your breath away. This is the home of Mother Angelica and is a great place to consider if your daughter is interested in a religious vocation. Check out the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration - Alabama
Related to these Poor Clares are the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, who are consecrated lay brothers dedicated to adoring the Eucharist and serving the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
There are also the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word.These Friars evangelize through the media (EWTN), publishing and holding retreats.
This absolutely gorgeous church (St. John Cantius in Chicago) is run by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. Their mission is to restore the sacred to both the liturgy and to the music. On any given Sunday you can go here to Mass in any of the main forms: the Tridentine Low Mass, the Tridnentine High Mass, the Novus Ordo in English and the Novus Ordo in Latin. If you and your children are attracted to the orthodoxy in the Church, you must put this on your visit list.
We have personally visited the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, TN. This is another heavenly place. The moment we walked through the doors we could feel the peace and joy that emanated from every one of the sisters.
Again, any time you spend with your children in the presence of good, solid Religious Orders, the better your family will be. Being in their presence brings peace, joy and spiritual growth to all. As we visit more places, I will add them.